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OSS & the Frankfurt School: 

Recycling the “Damaged Lives of Cultural Outsiders” 

Susan Cavin, Ph.D. (1948-2010) 

Paper presented at the 2004 meeting of the American Sociological Association 
Note: Text has been lightly edited for readability/typos. Original available at http://www. allacademic, com/meta/p 110188 index, html 

Abstract 

American intelligence agencies during World War II recycled European sociologists and psychologists to 
analyze German radio propaganda, study American radio music and programming to boost morale at 
home, and to psychoanalyze Hitler. Frankfurt School sociologists Theodor Adorno, Paul Lazarsfeld, Herta 
Herzog, who along with Erich Fromm, originally worked on Adorno’s classic The Authoritarian Personality 
were involved in the Princeton Radio Project, which later morphed into Columbia University’s Bureau of 
Applied Research. Lazarsfeld, Adorno and Herzog did research on American radio for OWI/ONI. 
Sociologists Herbert Marcuse and Hans Speier, as well as psychologist Ernst Kris worked for OSS. The 
work of Erik Erikson was also utilized by American intelligence. How the theories of these radical refugee 
scholars was used by military intelligence will be discussed. 

Author’s Keywords 

OSS, military intelligence, Frankfurt School, radio propaganda, psychoanalysis of Hitler’s mind 


The relationship between sociology, psychology, and Office of Strategic Services (OSS) espionage 
represents one of the most fascinating, but closeted triangles in recent American intellectual history. OSS 
was laughingly referred to as “Oh So Social” because its ranks were filled with upper class old boys and 
society girls. In a period that spanned only four years (1941-1945), the OSS and Office of Wartime 
Information (OWI) tapped the rising, fleeing and falling stars of the American and European academy. 

In July 1941 , General Wild Bill Donovan was asked to direct the Coordinator of Information (COI), which 
became OSS in 1 942.' Then OSS and OWI (later to become Voice of America) were one, but later split 
into two separate organizations. In 1945, when the war ended, the OSS was disbanded, but the famed 
Research and Analysis (R&A) branch, which at war’s end had grown to 900 scholars,'' was moved into 
the CIA in 1947. iH 

In 1976, Ray S. Cline’s Secrets Spies and Scholars: Blueprint of the Essential CIA uncloaked Herbert 
Marcuse as an OSS sociologist in R&A’s “German section. ” iv In 1987, Robin Winks’ classic Cloak and 
Gown: Scholars in the Secret War named Paul Massing, Barrington Moore, and Edward Shils as OSS 
researchers, among many others in all branches of the social sciences. v In 1989, Barry Katz revealed the 
OSS Central European Section of Research and Analysis had hired these members of the Frankfurt 
School: Marcuse, Franz Neumann, Otto Kirchheimer, and Felix Gilbert; 7 ' along with sociologists Morris 
Janowitz, Edward Shils, and Barrington Moore; and economist Paul Sweezy. vii 

In 1996, Heideking and Mauch’s American Intelligence and the German Resistance to Hitler reconfirmed 
that Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse, and Max Horkheimer were members of OSS R&A.™ Heideking 
and Mauch published an interesting OSS memorandum by Marcuse which predicted the various 
scenarios the Nazi defeat would take, called “Report by the OSS Research and Analysis Branch: 

Possible Patterns of German Collapse authored jointly by German exiles and former members of the New 
School for Social Research: Herbert Marcuse, Felix Gilbert, and Franz Neumann, analysts in the Central 
European Division of R&A since the end of 1942.”'* Marcuse, later to become Angela Davis’s mentor at 
Brandeis University, briefly served with the Office of War Information (OWI) before joining OSS. x 

Previously, Robin Winks’ Cloak and Gown uncloaked the following OSS sociology at Yale and Harvard: 
Barry Katz (19) revealed the OSS/OWI wing of the Frankfurt School: Paul Massing, Barrington Moore, 
Edward Shils, (Cline) Heideking and Mauch’s American Intelligence and the German Resistance to Hitler 
(1996, p. 3) confirmed the following members of the OSS R&A: Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse, Max 
Horkheimer. “Report by the OSS Research and Analysis Branch: Possible Patterns of German Collapse”; 
authored jointly by German exiles and former members of the New School for Social Research: Herbert 


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Marcuse, Felix Gilbert, and 3 Franz Neumann, analysts in the Central European Division of R&A since the 
end of 1942. (Mauch, 1996, p. 87) 

Claus-Dieter Krohn’s Intellectuals in Exile: Refugee Scholars and the New School for Social Research 
outed John Herz, Hans Speier, and Otto Kirchheimer as OSSers. Some great sociologists and classic 
20 th century social theorists were hired by U.S. military intelligence during World War II. 

The OSS/OWI and other U.S. military intelligence agencies recycled what Adorno called “the damaged 
lives of cultural outsiders,”” when the U.S. inherited this treasure trove of German intellectuals after 1933. 
About 1200 academics lost their jobs in Germany in 1933, when 16% of all university faculty were 
dismissed. By 1938, it was 39% of all faculty.”' Some academic fields were hit harder than others in 
Germany, particularly the social sciences where 47% of faculty were dismissed.”" Some German-Austrian 
social scientists found positions in the United States at the New School for Social Research, Institute for 
Advanced Study at Princeton, Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and Roosevelt University in 
Chicago. xiv U.S. universities could not accommodate all these intellectuals fleeing the Nazis; some had to 
do government consulting work outside the academy to supplement their income. 

The Frankfurt School was of course part of this intellectual migration. Frankfurt School legends read like a 
who’s who in the social sciences: Erich Fromm, Herbert Marcuse, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, 

Paul Lazarsfeld, Otto Kirchheimer, Leo Lowenthal, Friedrich Pollock and Franz Neumann. Franz 
Neumann is thought to have been the first member of the Frankfurt School to have been inducted into 
OSS, xv bringing Marcuse and some of his fellow Frankfurt Schoolers with him. 

The Frankfurt School used two approaches to analyze Nazism, which OSS/OWI utilized: 1) the legal- 
political-economic approach led by Neumann; 2) the other approach led by Horkheimer, which “explored 
the psychosocial mechanisms of obedience and sources of violence.”"' When Horkheimer took over the 
Institute for Social Research in 1930, he sponsored an “empirical study of the mentality of workers in the 
Weimar Republic” to explain why the German proletariat had turned right instead of left. Erich Fromm was 
the project’s first director; “in later years, Anna Hartock, Herta Herzog, Paul Lazarsfeld, and Ernst 
Schactel all contributed to the attempt to complete the study.”"" It eventually fell to Theodor Adorno to 
complete the task, which became the sociological classic, The Authoritarian Personality ."'" 

Claus-Dieter Krohn’s Intellectuals in Exile: Refugee Scholars and the New School for Social Research 
outed John Herz, Hans Speier, and Otto Kirchheimer as OSSers. xix Herz and Kirchheimer’s special OSS 
assignment was civil service and union leadership for the Rand Corporation under Hans Speier. xx 
Sociologist Hans Speier wrote some of the most fascinating sociology outside the academy for OSS 
during World War II on German war propaganda,”*' along with Austrian psychologist Ernst Kris xxii (who 
was Erik Erikson’s art teacher in Vienna before the war).”*"' Speiers and Kris will be discussed at length in 
the next section on funkspiel (radio games), along with Paul Lazarsfeld and Theodor Adorno, two 
sociologists not publicly known to have consulted for OWI until this paper. 


OSS Psychoanalysis of Hitler’s Mind 

While it is well known that Donovan recruited Walter Langer to lead the OSS psychoanalysis of Hitler’s 
mind, it is not well known that Carl Jung, Erik Erikson, Hans Speier, and Gordon Allport psychoanalyzed 
Hitler’s mind for OSS-OWI-COI. 

Gordon Allport had worked with Murray as early as 1941 on an OSS project to analyze Hitler’s mind. xxiv 
Some of this study of Hitler’s mind utilized both sociologists’ and psychologists’ analyses of Hitler’s radio 
speeches. Both Henry Murray”™ and Ernst Kris had been mentors to young Erik Homburger Erikson, who 
was hired by COI (the predecessor to the OSS) to listen to analyze Hitler’s radio speeches. ”* vi Erik 
Homburger Erikson wrote at least three studies for COI: 1) his analysis of Hitler’s radio speeches; 2) “On 
Submarine Psychology,” written for the Committee on National Morale for the Coordinator of Information 
(COI) (1940); and 3) “On the Feasibility of Making Psychological Observations in Internment Camps” 
(1940). 

Erik Erikson was only one of many German-Austrian social scientists who were employed by U.S. military 
intelligence (e.g., COI/OSS/OWI/ONI) to listen to and analyze Nazi radio broadcasts, particularly Hitler’s 
speeches. Erikson worked for COI in the early days of the OSS then later the Office of Naval Intelligence 


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(ONI). Hans Speier and Ernst Kris worked for OSS and OWI. Critical theorist Theodor Adorno and 
methodologist Paul Lazarsfeld worked as OWI consultants to listen to and analyze America’s wartime 
radio broadcasts. 


OSS Family Tree Chart 1. 


OWI Harvard Hitler 

Anthro. Psych Psych OSS-Switzerland London 


Kluckhohn | 

Murray 

Jung Bancroft Dulles Bruce Donovan 






Benedict | 

Erikson 

| Mellon | | Mellon | | | | Mellon 




| | Kris || Murray | | | I I Casey | | | 




1 1 

Langer 

| Dulles | | Hyde* | | Hyde | | Hyde | | Hyde 



Allport 



* I interviewed O.S.S.cr Henry Baldwin Hyde 1995-1997 weekly. 

Schlesinger 


“I Don’t Want to Be Jung’s Footnote” 

Jung, Bancroft & Dulles Socialite 

Mary Bancroft is the pivot in a Swiss intelligence menage a trois between her two father figure-lovers, 
Berne-OSS station chief Allen Dulles, and her therapist, Carl Jung. Dulles once impatiently told Mary, “I 
don’t want to go down in history as a footnote to a case of Jung’s!” 

In 1 944-45, Henry Hyde took four trips to see Allen Dulles in Switzerland to loan Dulles a POW Czech 
radio operator named Wally for Operation Sunrise. On one of these trips, Hyde traveled from Lyon to just 
inside the Swiss border where he was met by car by Mary Bancroft. Mary got out of the car; kissed Henry 
on both cheeks, and drove off in another car with a man. Hyde drove Mary’s car to the Geneva Airport 
and picked up Paul Mellon (OSS-MO), who had just flown in from England. Hyde drove Mellon to a 
beautiful old hotel overlooking Lausanne where Jung was waiting for him upstairs in a hotel room. 

Mellon’s mission was to hear Jung’s psychoanalysis of Hitler’s mind and the German collective 
unconscious. Hyde waited for Mellon in the hotel lobby, then drove Mellon back after his meeting with 
Jung. 

Paul and Mary Mellon had been patients of Jung’s since 1 938. Mellon wanted to see Jung again during 
the war; family therapy revisited. Paul and Mary, husband-wife patients of Jung, had raved to their 
brother-in-law and London OSS station chief, David Bruce, who had married Paul’s sister Ailsa, about 
Jungian psychoanalysis. The David Bruce-Paul Mellon-Alien Dulles OSS cable traffic from Switzerland to 
London officially confirms Jung’s analysis of Hitler’s mind for OSS. 

Dante called the dead “shades.” Jung called what we don’t want to know about ourselves, our “shadow.” 
Jung wrote: “In Hitler, every German saw his own shadow, his own worst danger...” Freudian 
psychohistorians have argued that Hitler was Jung’s shadow. In 1 934, Jung first denied the rumor that he 
sent Hitler coded messages over the radio. However, in 1938, Jung did diagnose Hitler, Mussolini and 
Stalin over the radio on journalist H.R. Knickerbocker’s show entitled, “Diagnosing the Dictators.” Jung 
was accused of having Goebbels as his patient, but denied it. However, he admitted meeting Goebbels 
and seeing Hitler and Mussolini at very close range in the thirties. 

By 1943, Jung was rumored to be “Hitler’s doctor,” which he publicly denied in 1949. However, both Nazis 
and OSS aristocracy were Jung’s patients. Hitler confidante Ernst Hanfstaengl, one of the trusted few to 
ever see Hitler’s “tidy, simple, ascetic bedroom,” reported to OSS that “when he showed Dr. Jung a 
specimen of Hitler’s handwriting, the latter immediately exclaimed that it was a typically feminine hand” 
(Langer). Jung’s work on Hitler’s femininity is cited in the official OSS study of Hitler’s mind by Walter 
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Jung told Knickerbocker over the radio that Hitler “has a tremendous mother complex... The unconscious 
of a man is always represented by a woman; that of a woman always by a man.” Jung later elaborated on 
Hitler’s anima-possession by his female shadow: “...in Germany Hitler has an uncanny power of being 
sensitive to that collective unconscious. It is as if he knows what the nation is really feeling at any given 
time.... One form under which the unconscious appears to a man is that of a female figure.... Hitler has 
never gained a healthy relationship to this female figure, which I call the anima. The result is that he is 
possessed by it. Instead of being truly creative he is consequently destructive.” 

Jung analyzed Hitler’s radio voice as the source of his power. His siren voice is “nothing other than his 
unconscious into which the German people have projected their own selves, that is, the unconscious of 
78 million Germans.” Jung was consulted on Hitler’s mind not only by Dulles (SI), Mellon (MO), and Bruce 
(SI) of OSS, but by OSS chief psychologist Henry A. Murray many times over the war. 


Hitler’s Perversion 
Murray, Allport, Erikson 

While Freud’s most gifted cast out student-rival-jealous son, Carl Jung, was playing both sides off against 
the middle in his not so neutral Switzerland, Anna Freud had already psychoanalyzed young Erik Erikson 
and taught him about her fledgling science of child psychology. Anna Freud gave Erik Erikson the idea to 
analyze Hitler’s childhood, which later made him famous in his first book Childhood and Society. Erik 
Erikson thanked OSS chief psychologist Henry Murray in Childhood and Society, where he publicly 
analyzed Hitler’s childhood, forgiving him his first intellectual home in the U.S. 

Henry A. Murray, chief psychologist at OSS S School [Ed: spy school?], co-authored the OSS Hitler 
study, and developed the Thematic Apperception Test for selective service boards that are still used 
today by civilian psychological clinics. Murray is an elusive, but important connecting figure in OSS 
networks. 

Academic colleague and father-figure mentoring triangles between OSS chief psychologist Henry Murray- 
Walter Langer-Ernst Kris (authors of the OSS official Hitler study); Jung-Henry Murray-Erik Erikson (OSS 
Switzerland-Harvard Clinic/OSS Virginia Farm); and Murray-Gordon Allport-Clyde Kluckhohn (Harvard 
Clinic/OSS Farm in Virginia) are worth more exploration. 

While Hitler’s sexuality was psychoanalyzed by Jung, Erikson, Allport, Langer, Murray, and Kris for OSS 
from 1941 to 1945; the German intelligence Abwehr was also interested in this delicate subject. German 
intelligence reports by Walter Schellenberg, the best Abwehr officer, noted that Dr. Morrell, who often 
injected Hitler with drugs, and Hansfstaengl knew that Hitler publicly achieved sexual [******] during his 
political speeches by talking dirty to the audience, which he regarded as female. Dr. Morrell refused to 
correct this condition medically because he knew that it was Hitler’s public [******] that made his voice 
powerfully attractive to the masses. OSS reports suggested that Hitler privately achieved [******] by 
having a woman defecate over his face. 

The application of psychological theory to wartime military intelligence adds a fascinating angle to the 
kaleidoscope called the psychology of war. Carl Jung devised a word association test the Allies used to 
identify military recruits in WWI. Gordon Allport’s classic theories on the “psychology of rumor,” Erikson’s 
dramatic play theory, and Jung’s theories of extroversion-introversion and collective unconscious were 
used by OSS in WWII. My paper is the first social science text to connect Allport, Jung and Erikson’s 
classic theories in psychology to OSS espionage training. 


Sociology & Funkspiel (Radio Games) 

Lazarsfeld, Herzog, Adorno, Merton 

During World War II, radio technology and social science theory and methods were to espionage what 
computers, the Internet and computer science are today. Radios served more purposes than can be 
discussed here. 

In the fall of 1939, the Rockefeller Foundation allotted a grant to Princeton University to set up the Office 
of Radio Research with Frank Stanton and Hadley Cantril as directors. “Adorno was employed part-time 
by Lazarsfeld’s Radio Research Project at Princeton,” which later moved to Columbia University. xxv " In the 


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spring of 1940, the Office of Radio Research was transferred to Columbia University; Lazarsfeld became 
its director. 50 '™ 

One OSS axis was the radio traffic generated by the intersection of Secret Intelligence (SI) with Morale 
Operations (MO) and Research and Analysis (R&A) in Allen Dulles’ busy OSS-Switzerland station in 
1944-45. In Switzerland, OSS psychological warfare that Allen Dulles waged against the Nazis included 
using Carl Jung to psychoanalyze the mind of Adolf Hitler. 50 ™ Dulles’ wartime mistress Mary Bancroft had 
been Jung’s mistress-patient first; 50 ' 5 ' Bancroft was the go-between between Dulles and Jung. However, 
Jung had other close OSS ties through both his former patient Paul Mellon 5000 as well as through Henry 
Murray, xxxii OSS chief psychologist at the OSS S School [Ed: spy school?] in Virginia. xxxiii Murray was also 
director of the Harvard Psychological Clinic, and a co-author of the official OSS study of Hitler’s mind, led 
by Walter Langer, Ernst Kris, and Bertram Lewin. xxxiv 

The Frankfurt School, New School for Social Research, and Columbia University’s contributions to WWII 
military intelligence were immense. Sociologists Barrington Moore, Edward Shils, and Paul Massing 
worked for OSS/OWI (Cline), along with John Herz, Hans Speier, and Otto Kirchheimer (Krohn), and Max 
Horkheimer. The OSS Report on Possible Patterns of German Collapse was authored jointly by Herbert 
Marcuse, Felix Gilbert, and Franz Neumann, analysts in the Central European Division of OSS-R&A since 
1942 (Heideking and Mauch, 1996). 

Herbert Marcuse, Angela Davis’ mentor at Brandeis, and Norman O. Brown, who wrote Life Against 
Death, were perhaps the most famous OSSers among New Left academic gurus worshipped by sixties 
radicals. Psychologist Erik Erikson, anthropologist Clyde Kluckhohn and sociologists were also used to 
developed questions/questionnaires for Allied military interrogators of German and Japanese POWs. 

This paper adds Paul Lazarsfeld, Theodor Adorno, Herta Herzog, and Robert Merton to this legendary list 
of sociologists who analyzed what the Germans called funkspiel or radio war propaganda for OWI. OWI 
was originally part of OSS, and later became Voice of America. OSS-OWI recycled what Adorno called 
“the damaged lives of cultural outsiders” of European emigre scholars into military intelligence. 

Before the war at the University of Vienna, Paul Lazarsfeld created a Research Center for Applied 
Psychology when Ernst Kris, a co-author of the OSS Hitler Mind Study, was Erik Erikson’s art teacher at 
the University of Vienna. In 1944-45, psychologist Ernst Kris and sociologist Hans Speier wrote German 
Radio War Propaganda for OSS. 

Originally, Lazarsfeld and Erich Fromm directed the Frankfurt School’s Marxist study of the puzzling 
fascist tendency of German workers in the 1 930s, later finished by Theodor Adorno as the sociological 
classic, “The Authoritarian Personality” in 1950. During the war, Lazarsfeld was a fat cat grant king at 
Columbia University, while Adorno and Hannah Arendt at the New School for Social Research were 
struggling adjuncts picking up bits and pieces of part-time government research work. The successful 
Lazarsfeld hired the unsuccessful genius Adorno, but Lazarsfeld was unhappy with Adorno’s critique of 
American radio. 

Lazarsfeld’s Radio Project began in 1937 at Princeton University, moved to Columbia University as the 
Office of Radio Research in 1939-40, and produced several reports for OWI on American radio war 
propaganda. Lazarsfeld’s office “conducted a pioneering study of voter decision-making in the 1940 and 
1944 presidential election.... During the war years the Office was active in governmental research, 
especially on communications.” In 1942, the office published “A Study of Three Radio Broadcasts 
Intended to Refute Rumors” (Barton, Guide to the Bureau of Applied Social Research). In 1943, Robert 
Merton became associate director of the Office of Radio Research. In 1943 and 1944, Lazarsfeld and 
Merton jointly wrote, “Studies in Radio and Film Propaganda,” and “The Psychological Analysis of 
Propaganda.” 

In 1944, the Office of Radio Research was renamed the Bureau of Applied Social Research. During and 
after the war, Lazarsfeld’s Bureau pioneered the use of sociological methods for voter opinion poll 
research and marketing/advertising for Madison Avenue. 

In 1941 , Adorno did three studies of American radio for Lazarsfeld’s Office of Radio Research. Two of 
Adorno’s studies, “On Popular Music” and “The Radio Symphony,” music noted the “commodity character 


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of modern society, the trend towards monopoly in all sectors of society, including communications; [and] 
society’s reaction to any threats to its preservation by a tightening of its conformist elements....” Adorno 
saw “standardization” and “pseudo-individuality” as the essential ingredients of popular radio music 
shows such as NBC’s “Music Appreciation Hour.” Although Adorno’s work was not exactly what 
Lazarsfeld had in mind, Adorno’s analysis of radio in the forties was prophetic for television, film, 
advertising and mass market book publishing sequels in the last half of the twentieth century. 

“Recognition of the familiar was the essence of mass listening, serving more as an end in itself.... Once a 
formula was successful, the industry plugged the same thing over and over again. The result was to make 
music into a kind of social cement operating through distraction, displaced wish-fulfillment, and the 
intensification of passivity.” 

Adorno’s friend in California, the great German novelist Thomas Mann, gave a lecture at OSS HQ on the 
German way of thinking in Washington during the war. Mann’s son worked for OSS. Adorno and Mann’s 
working relationship during Mann’s work on Dr. Faustus is a fascinating aside. Even Marlene Dietrich and 
Lotte Lenya were pulled into OSS’s radio war. 

Lazarsfeld also brought in several of his old Frankfurt School associates to the Bureau: Adorno, Herta 
Herzog, Leo Lowenthal (OWI section chief) and Franz Neumann from OSS, Marcuse from OSS-OWI. 
Marcuse was given a full-time position at Lazarsfeld’s Bureau. Neumann was the Frankfurt School 
scholar who joined OSS first, and may have brought others with him. Neumann wrote the classic study of 
Nazism called Behemoth (1982). “Postwar reports continued the communications research tradition, 
commercial studies mixing with foreign audience analyses for the Voice of America, studies of anti- 
prejudice propaganda and public health communications” (Barton, p. 2). All that Lazarsfeld learned about 
influencing public opinion via radio during wartime was applied to television advertising to sell products. 


How Were Refugee Radical Sociologists and Psychologists Recruited? 

This paper has explored secret triangle between the upper class, intelligence circles and the academy: 
the spy school aristocracy. There are many routes of passage into this secret club. Teacher’s pet became 
apprentice spy when OSS chief psychologist Henry A. Murray, director of the Harvard Psychological 
Clinic, recruited young emigre researcher Erik Erikson, giving him his first intellectual home in the U.S. 
Classmates brought each other into the club; senior professors brought talented junior professors like 
Ray Cline into the fold. College presidents picked the brains of their best faculty. 

OSS recruiters like David Bruce raided college departments and campuses at his old alma mater 
Princeton, while General Donovan raided his old alma mater Columbia. Other times, it was only after the 
recruitment that the old school bonds were there to rediscover. This is a book about ruling class spy 
triangles: the Ivy League triangle between bookworms, aristocrats, and spies; the triad between social 
science, espionage, and radio technology (sci-spy-techies); and the intelligence overlap between the 
triple social sciences of sociology, anthropology, and psychology during World War II. 

President-General Dwight David Eisenhower first drew a picture of “the military-industrial complex” 
triangle between the U.S. government, the military and the munitions industry. This book explores another 
secret triangle between the upper class, intelligence circles and the academy: the spy school aristocracy. 
There are many routes of passage into this secret club. Teacher’s pet became apprentice spy when OSS 
chief psychologist Henry A. Murray, director of the Harvard Psychological Clinic, recruited young emigre 
researcher Erik Erikson, giving him his first intellectual home in the U.S. Classmates brought each other 
into the club, senior professors brought talented junior professors like Ray Cline into the fold. OSS cells 
were designed to be triangles. To enter into OSS, a trusted insider had to vouch for the new asset to their 
case officer. This maintained the upper class structure of the OSS; bringing in only friendly newcomers 
from the lower strata who were amicable with the upper crust. 

Class warfare became class attraction between leftist academics and center right old boys in the fight 
against fascism during World War II. The OSS intermingled high society with “the best and the brightest,” 
which reenacted their Ivy League schooldays, stimulating both old boys and bright boys. Aristocrats and 
academics liked, loved, hated, admired, rivaled, respected and tried to impress each other to death. 

The following chapters chart the exciting beginning of how and why psychologists, anthropologists and 
sociologists were recruited by OSS elites who had been students at the same schools where the brightest 


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stars of the American academy taught. Professors were recruited who brought along their brightest 
graduate students, RAs, TAs, colleagues, friends, wives, lovers and mentors into the war effort. OSS 
family and kinship patterns have rarely been studied at this close range, revealing that intelligence is a 
family affair of: parent-child spies, legacies, schoolmates, teacher-students, sibling rivals, childhood 
friends, brother-in-laws, sexual jealousies, passionate adulteries coexisting with marriages of 
convenience, lifelong friends, long term rivals, their ex-lovers, and their lovers’ lovers. Contrary to the 
fictional lone spy out in the cold, OSS was actually a high society of spies, playing in a childhood 
schoolyard, wearing their school colors, a community as tight as a cult with General Donovan as guru, 
with initiation rituals, rites of passage, and great social control over its members: the power of gossip in 
high society. 

OSS organized and unified the lonely, lost adult children and wives of American expatriates, and turned 
them into an American global village, a worldly small town. These jetsetters, internationals, American 
upper class marginals, biculturals, and triculturals who spoke several languages had lived in so many 
countries they were no longer sure which country they belonged to. The war made these prodigal sons, 
daughters and ex-wives feel American. OSS brought them home at last to the country their families had 
left. 

OSS was a romantic masculinity cult, modeled after an English men’s club where men really liked, 
befriended and loved each other. OSS males bonded in the English way, and male-female bonded as the 
Greeks knew, and OSS proved: “An army of lovers cannot fail.” 

At the heart of this study is the basic question: how was social science used as espionage in World War 
II? This question inevitably raise a number of related questions of particular interest to World War II buffs, 
historians, sociologists, psychoanalysts, and anthropologists, including: What is the relationship of 
academia to espionage? What social science classics can be traced back to OSS/OWI warwork? How 
can classic European and American social science be separated from World War II military intelligence? 
Did academics go beyond bookworming for OSS? What roles did social scientists play in the intelligence 
reports that lead to the decision to deploy the atom bomb? What is the relationship between science, 
communications technology and espionage? Which psychologists and sociologists were used by OSS to 
develop character studies of foreign leaders and to analyze Hitler talk radio and the lure of fascism for the 
German masses? Why did OSS recruit so many upper class men and women? Finally, what did WWII 
sociologists of radio war learn that is applied to television and Internet war today? For the scholarly 
audience, the book provides a valuable history of the origin of university affiliation with U.S. intelligence; 
for social theorists, a reexamination of classic social science theories in new light; for social scientists, a 
social history of American anthropology and sociology at Columbia University. For the psychoanalytic 
community, this is a new discussion of the history of psychology’s collusion with military intelligence. 


' George C. Chalou, The Secrets War The Office of Strategic Services in World War II. Proceedings of the Conference on the Office 
of Strategic Services in World War II (June 11-12, 1991) sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration. 
Washington, DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, 1992. See also Bradley F. Smith, The Shadow Warriors: OSS and The 
Origins of the CIA. New York: 1983; and Kermit Roosevelt, War Report of the OSS. New York, 1976. 

" Barry Katz, “The OSS and the Development of the Research and Analysis Branch,” in Ibid., pp. 43-47. 

Ray S. Cline, Secrets, Spies and Scholars: Blueprint of the Essential CIA. Washington, DC: Acropolis, 1976. Cline also names 
Ralph Bunche as an OSSer. See also Chalou, op. cit. 

iv Cline, 1976, p. 77. 

v Robin Winks, Cloak and Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-61. (New York: 1987). See also Robin Winks, “Getting the Right 

Stuff, FDR, Donovan, and the Quest for Professional Intelligence,” in Chalou, op. cit., pp. 19-38. 

vi Barry Katz, Foreign Intelligence: Research and Analysis in the Office of Strategic Services, 1942-1945. Cambridge, MA, 1989. 

vii Barry Katz, in Chalou, op. cit., p.p. 44-45. 

viil Fleideking and Mauch, American Intelligence and the German Resistance to Hitler (1996, p. 3) 

ix Ibid., p. 87 

x [Ed.: blank in original] 

xi Adorno in Claus-Dieter Krohn, Intellectuals in Exile, p. 218; pp. 11-12 
x " Ibid., p. 208. 


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xiii Ibid., p. 11-12. 

xiv Ibid., p.5-6. After 1933, the New School, which is intimately linked with the Rockefeller Foundation, attracted the most refugee 
scholars in the U.S. 

xv Katz, op. cit., Wink, op. cit. 

xvi Martin Jay, The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School & the Institute of Social Research 1923- 50 (Boston: 

Little Brown & Co., 1973) p. 168-69. 

xvii Ibid. 

xviii Theodor W. Adorno with Else Frenkel-Brunswick, Daniel T. Levinson & R. Newitt Sanford, The Authoritarian Personality (New 
York: 1950). 

xix Claus-Dieter Krohn, Intellectuals in Exile Refugee: Scholars and the New School for Social Research (University of 
Massachusetts, 1993, translated by Rita and Robert Kimber, foreword by Arthur J. Vidich) pp. 176-177. See also Martin Jay, The 
Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research 1923-1950 (Boston: Little, Brown & 
Co., 1973). 

xx Jay, op. cit., p. 176-77. 

xxi Ernst Kris and Flans Speier, German Radio Propaganda: Report on Home Broadcasting during the War. (New York: Oxford, 

1944). See also Ernst Kris, Walter Langer, Flenry A. Murray, and Bertram Lewin, The Mind of Adolph Hitler. See also Ernst Kris, 
“The Danger of Propaganda,” American Imago, 11,1 940, pp. 1 -42. Ernst Kris, “Some Problems of War Propaganda: A Note on 
Propaganda, New and Old,” The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Vol. 

xxii 1943, pp. 381-99. Ernst Kris, “German Propaganda Instructions of 1933,” Social Research, Vol. IX, No. 1, February 1942, pp. 62- 
63. 

xxiH Robert Coles, Erik Erikson: The Growth of His Work, Boston: Little Brown, & Co. 1970. 

xxiv Murray wrote in his study of Flitler’s mind on file at NARA: “Sources of information for this analysis.... A paper published by 
W.PI.D. Vernon, ‘Hitler, the Man — Notes for a Case History,’ Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology 1942, 37, 295-308, was 
written under my general supervision and contains most of the ideas of Professor G.W. Allport and myself on this topic as far as 
they were crystallized in the fall of 1941." 

xxv Henry A. Murray’s Sadism: 

The strange “case of Murr.” Born into Averill Harriman’s upper class Fifth Avenue world on May 13, 1893, Harry Murray was his 
mother’s least favorite child (HAM, Love’s Story Told, p. 7) Bossed and bullied around by his older sister Virginia, Harry was sent 
to Groton in 1906 to toughen up. Dean Acheson was one of his roommates (HAM, p. 25) at Groton where he encountered his 
second taste of sadomasochistic bullying: “Pumping.... a ritual in which the upper-classmen ...turned upside down so that water 
could be pumped into his nose." Pumping didn't happen to Harry, but he witnessed it. “Harry ...avoided the humiliation of being 
elected May Queen and forced to dance in skirts before a crowd of boys who laughed and then ran their strange victim down.” 
(HAM, p. 23) Harry did note however, that at first introduction to male communal life in the showers, he wa ked in with an erection 
and was laughed at. (HAM, p23) 

It appears that the Groton sadomasochistic gang rape of the male May Queen turned Harry on, since he replicated it for twenty 
years in ritualistic /■****• ************y sex w jth Christiana Morgan. (Love’s Story Told and Translate This Darkness) Christiana 
Morgan co-authored the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) with Harry, although he later stole it completely from her. Harry 
dressed as a woman in skirts while he beat Christiana with whips and used other medieval instruments to torture her before they 
had sex at their tower she built with his money, modeled after Carl Jung’s Tower in Bollingen, Switzerland. Christiana “was 
beautiful and she knew it.” 

Murray, Moby Dick & Melville: 

In August 1924, Harry sailed on the Scythia across the Atlantic and assisted the surgeon Bland-Sutton in an emergency, it was 
Harry’s first human surgery. Bland-Sutton, who had read Moby Dick twelve times, introduced Harry to Melville's Moby Dick. 

(HAM, p. 1 ) 

At Harvard, he was the exact opposite of Ted Kaczynski; Harry was a preppy with the best social connections, a DEKE and 
member of Hasty Pudding (HAM, p. 27). Harry went to Columbia Presbyterian for medical school and then did research at 
Rockefeller Institute. (Love’s Story Told, p. 53) 

In Love’s Story Told, the author thanks these people for interviews about HAM: Mrs. Gordon Allport, Erik Erikson, Evelyn 
Hooker, Alfred Kazin, Kenneth Kenniston, Rollo May, Lewis Mumford, Talcott Parsons, David Riesman, Edwin Shneidman, Neil 
Smelser, Robert Penn Warren, and Alan Watts. (HAM, p. ix-x) 

xxvi For more on Er kson’s Hitler studies, see his classic, “Hitler’s Imagery and German Youth" in 1942 Psychiatry 5, pp. 475-93; 
which becomes his classic “The Legend of Hitler’s Childhood” in Childhood and Society (1950). 

xxvii [Ed.: blank in original] 

xxviii [Ed.: blank in original] 

xxix Jurgen Heideking and Christoph Mauch, American Intelligence and the German Resistance to Hitler (Westview, 1996), p. 40. 

See also “The First German Surrender The End of the Italian Campaign,” Report by Allen W. Dulles and Gero von Gaevernitz, 
Bern, May 22, 1945 at the National Archives (NARA), RG 226, E. 110, Box 1, Folder 1 1B. See also Mary Bancroft, “Jung and His 
Circle,” Psychological Perspectives 6:2 (1975), Jung Centenary Issue II. 

xxx Bancroft, Ibid.. See also Mary Bancroft, Autobiography of a Spy. 

xxxi Heideking and Mauch, op. cit., See also Paul Mellon, Reflections in a Silver Spoon: a Memoir (New York: Morrow, 1992). 


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xxxii Dialogue with Henry A. Murray by Richard Evans, 1964 videotape series with Carl Jung, Gordon Allport, Erik Erikson. See also 
Murray and G.W. Allport’s report on Hitler’s mind in OSS files at the National Archives, NARA, RG226, Entry 92. 

xxxiii Henry Murray, Assessment of Men: Selection of Personnel for the Office of Strategic Services. The OSS Assessment Staff 
(1 948) (New York: Rinehart, 1 948, p. vii.) 

xxxiv Henry A. Murray, Walter Charles Langer, Ernst Kris, Bertram D. Lewin. A psychological analysis of Adolph Hitler: his life and 
legend. Washington: M. O. Branch, Office of Strategic Services, 1943. (165 pp.) See also Bradley F. Smith, The Shadow 
Warriors, op. cit., p. 276-77 


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Abstract: Newspapers were to WWI what radio was to WWII, what TV was to Vietnam, and internet video and digital photographs 
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analyzed by Adorno, Ernst Kris, Hans Speier, and Ernst Simmel for military intelligence (OSS/OWI). Some WWII radio heckler 
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